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Nottinghamshire County Council opens new £230,000 Ordsall footbridge

Nottinghamshire County Council has opened a new footway attached to Ordsall Mill Bridge near Retford. From left, Coun John Cottee, Rob Driver, team manager at Via East Midlands, George Peszynski, project engineer at Via East Midlands, and Ray Snowden from Atlas Building Design Services.
Nottinghamshire County Council has opened a new footway attached to Ordsall Mill Bridge near Retford. From left, Coun John Cottee, Rob Driver, team manager at Via East Midlands, George Peszynski, project engineer at Via East Midlands, and Ray Snowden from Atlas Building Design Services.

Nottinghamshire County Council has just opened a new footbridge in Ordsall to provide pedestrians with a safer way to cross the River Idle.

Officials opened the £230,000 bridge on Goosemoor Lane on Wednesday, July 18, after 11 weeks of construction work managed by highways company Via East Midlands.

The 58-metre steel cantilever walkway has been fixed to the north side of the existing brick Ordsall Mill bridge, built in 1850.

Councillor John Cottee said: “This is a good example of how we are using highways investment to target residential areas with schemes which introduce new safety features where they’re needed on routes people use every day.

“Previously pedestrians and vulnerable road users had to use the footway on the road bridge which was less than a metre wide. They now have a pavement more than twice the width — which has meant that the carriageway of the road bridge could also be widened.”

The project employed the expertise of Tuxford-based steelwork company PMB Fabricators and Retford’s Atlas Building Design Services.

Pedestrians previously had to use a pavement less than a metre wide.

Pedestrians previously had to use a pavement less than a metre wide.

Coun Cottee said: “It’s good to see Via have involved local sub-contractors in the delivery of the project.”

The original brick structure, built in 1850, is pictured here before work began.

The original brick structure, built in 1850, is pictured here before work began.

From left, Via East Midlands team manager Rob Driver, Ray Snowden from Atlas Building Design Services, Paul Bradley from PM Bradley Fabrications Ltd, Via East Midlands project engineer George Peszynski, and Coun John Cottee.

From left, Via East Midlands team manager Rob Driver, Ray Snowden from Atlas Building Design Services, Paul Bradley from PM Bradley Fabrications Ltd, Via East Midlands project engineer George Peszynski, and Coun John Cottee.